Daniel Rios is first signing for MLS Nashville

And will play with Nashville SC’s USL squad this season on loan. From club release:

Rios with Nashville owner John Ingram. Courtesy Nashville SC.

NASHVILLE (November 20, 2018) – Nashville’s Major League Soccer (MLS) team announced the signing of forward Daniel Ríos, from Club Deportivo Guadalajara of Liga MX in Mexico as its first MLS player.

“Signing Daniel as our first MLS player shows our commitment to put a talented, diverse and exciting team on the field from day one of this franchise,” said Nashville MLS CEO Ian Ayre. “We look forward to welcoming him to the club and to seeing him play his part in our Major League Soccer ambitions.”

A native of Mexico, Rios, 23, had been with CD Guadalajara, more commonly known as “Chivas,” since 2015, when he made his club debut with two appearances in the Apertura Copa MX. Most recently, Ríos spent the 2018 season in the U.S., his first abroad, on loan with North Carolina FC in the United Soccer League (USL).

“Daniel is the first of many players we will bring to the MLS roster,” said Nashville MLS GM Mike Jacobs. “He has real potential, and we are looking forward to continuing his development over the next 12 months ahead of our entry into Major League Soccer. He is exactly the type of young, exciting talent we have in mind, scoring 20 goals with North Carolina FC and a successful career as a Mexican youth international.”

Ríos has played in 48 games for Mexico at the youth level, appearing in U-18, U-20 and U-21 for the Mexican National Team. The striker was a starter on the U-20 Mexico team that beat the MLS Homegrown squad in the summer of 2016.

Until Nashville MLS takes the field, Ríos will be loaned to Nashville SC of the USL. 

I’m currently in-transit for Thanksgiving travels. Will have more information on Rios later today or tomorrow.

En Español:

NASHVILLE (20 de Noviembre de 2018) – El equipo de Nashville de la Major League Soccer (MLS) anunció la contratación del delantero Daniel Ríos, proveniente del Club Deportivo Guadalajara de México.

“Firmar a Daniel como nuestro primer jugador de la MLS demuestra nuestro compromiso con crear un equipo talentoso, diverso y emocionante en el campo de fútbol”, dijo el CEO de Nashville MLS Ian Ayre. “Esperamos darle la bienvenida al club y verlo colmar nuestras expectativas en la Major League Soccer”.

Nacido en México, Ríos, de 23 años, ha estado con Club Deportivo Guadalajara desde 2015, cuando hizo su debut en el club con dos apariciones en la Copa Apertura MX. En el último año, Ríos ha jugado en EE. UU. en condición de préstamo con North Carolina FC (USL).

“Daniel es el primero de muchos jugadores que traeremos a la nómina de la MLS”, dijo el gerente general de Nashville MLS Mike Jacobs. “Él tiene mucho potencial, y esperamos continuar desarrollándolo en los próximos 12 meses antes de nuestro debut en la Major League Soccer. Es exactamente el tipo de talento joven que tenemos en mente, con un total de 20 goles con North Carolina FC y una carrera exitosa en las selecciones juveniles de México”.

Ríos tiene 48 partidos con México en las selecciones menores, con la Sub-18, Sub-20 y Sub-21. El delantero fue titular en el equipo Sub-20 de México que venció a la escuadra de las Fuerzas Básicas de la MLS en el MLS Homegrown Game 2016.

Si bien Ríos estará bajo contrato con la MLS, será cedido a Nashville SC de la USL.

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